Falling in love with The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill

I’m in love. Nestled down a side alley on the less glamorous end of JBR is a brand spanking new oyster joint. So new, in fact, it’s been open for less than a month, and so far only Time Out and Food Diva seem to know about it. The restaurant describes itself as a “a seaside…

Hurrah! The “new” Bu Qtair’s food hasn’t changed a bit

Having stumbled, quite literally, on the news that Bu Qtair had moved out of its little beach shack, while on a stormy Boxing Day walk along the beach, I was more than a little keen to rally the troops (anyone who was in the country, with very little else to do during Christmas week) and…

A first look: Bu Qtair – same, same. But different.

Affectionately referred to as a prized and hidden gem, Bu Qtair in Jumeriah Dubai is most probably one of Dubai’s most famous eateries. Opened by the brothers Mohammed Kunju Ahmed and Abdul Karim 29 years ago at Umm Suqeim beach, Bu Qtair moved to its little spot across from the Fishermen’s harbour in Jumeriah a decade…

How Dubai embraced Boxing Day in the rain

I’ve mentioned before how hyper Dubai gets for some good old fashioned rain. This year Mother Nature has delivered us some very British looking weather to set the scene for a post-Christmas Boxing Day walk. My #NoFilter Snaps   What the rest of Dubai saw in the rain… Residents were quick to take to Instagram…

The sad story of the Arabian Ostrich

Us humans have a lot to answer for when it comes to the extinction of a species. The invention of the gun, amongst other things, has helped us to wipe out a large number of animals across Arabia. The Arabian Ostrich is just one of the previous residents of the Middle East. The Arabian Ostrich…

Most shared memes in 2015

It’s a Year in Review time, and Tumblr have announced the most shared memes across their platform. Some are rather surprising… is #TBT an actual meme? Apparently so. Others you can never unsee, thanks whoever made those NSFW Pepe the Frog memes…….. Here’s the top 10 for your perusal. Do you agree with the list?…

Real Dubai: Deira Fish Market

Behind the glitz and glamour of Dubai, there are some incredible sights to see in the Emirate, and this video, by Aiden Crawford, captures Deira Fish Market beautifully. Probably one of the few places in the world without a Wikipedia page, Deira Fish Market has been located at the Corniche in Deira since 1988, and…

The ultimate Netflix and Chill game of dice

For all those times when you weren’t sure if you wanted to Netflix and Chill, or, more realistically, Netflix and Nap, we have the ultimate “Netflix and Chill” Dice to help you out. May the odds forever be in your favour. Netflix and Chill Dice – What should you watch? Netflix and Chill Dice – What should…

Dubai brands are split in the wake of Trump’s remarks

As a resident of Dubai, you’ll find yourself familiar with the large hoardings across the emirate showcasing the long-established partnership between Damac and Trump International. You’ll also find Trump products inside Landmark Group stores (owners of Splash, Home Centre, Centrepoint and others), who sell Trump Home products across their 195 stores in the Middle East. But as Trump’s…

How to manage multiple Twitter accounts with one email address

Impossible? Nope. It’s absolutely the most simple thing in the world, and doesn’t involve you setting up several email addresses for the privilege. There are a couple of options…   Option One – The full stop / period / dot. This —> . Gmail doesn’t recognise full stops so if your email is Mr.Smith.In.The.House@gmail.com. It will…

Christmas tree hunting in Dubai 2015

I’m a big fan of Christmas, and I don’t mean being sucked into holiday consumerism. I mean the bit where you enjoy spending (almost too much) time with family and friends. It’s about listening to Bing and Dean, eating a mince pie, warming up with a mulled wine, after all Dubai can get to a…

The not-so-Dubai weather

  It’s no secret that the British love to talk about the weather. When I first started working in Dubai, I would joyfully walk into work and announce “isn’t the weather lovely today”, only to be met with bemused faces. Turns out lovely weather in Dubai is not news. But when it rains! Well, that’s an…